Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Phnom Penh's second airport takes off

Phnom Penh's second airport takes off

Phnom Penh's second airport takes off

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced yesterday that Cambodia is going to build a new international airport in Phnom Penh, in response to the rising number of passengers received every year. The Kingdom is expected to get seven million tourists a year by 2020.

The initial concept was made by the Premier during the official launch of the 2012-2020 Tourism Development Strategic Plan at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, where Hun Sen said Cambodia is aiming to receive around 10 million tourists by 2020. He added that the existing airport is quite small.

“In terms of long-term development, it requires us to have a feasibility study on building a new international airport in Phnom Penh that could receive more than 10 million passengers per year,” he said.

“Our existing airport does not have the ability to handle large numbers of tourists, about eight to 10 million a year. It is small and cannot handle large number of passengers. Nowadays, we have only a small number of aircraft landing in Phnom Penh. If we have a lot, where would they land?” he continued.

Hun Sen did not disclose the location of the future airport for fear of creating a wave of people attempting to buy land around any proposed site.

“We’ve already thought about a place to build. It might be a bit far from the existing airport, but I don’t want to announce the location now because it might lead to extensive land speculation.”

The Premier also said the government was making good progress on building a new international airport in Siem Reap (NSRIA).

The NSRIA is owned by two Korean companies, Camco Airport and Lees A&A, which started the project with a capital investment of $1 billion.

Each firm holds a 50 per cent stake in the venture.

The NSRIA, which will be able to handle between 10 and 15 million passengers a year, is set to be constructed on about 500 hectares of concession land in two districts.

The Chie Kreng and Sonikum districts are 60 kilometres from the provincial capital, Siem Reap.

Kim Sophoan, under-secretary of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation said yesterday he was working on the NSRIA but was not aware of a new airport in Phnom Penh.

He did agree that a recent increase in tourists would require the government to build an airport to internat-ional standards and capable of receiving large aircraft.

Khek Norinda, communications and PR director for the Phnom Penh International Airports, said the Cambodia Airport was preparing to expand Phnom Penh’s existing airport next year, and this project was scheduled to be finished by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

“We will be launching the project at the beginning of next year, and the expansion works for both airports will double their handling capacity to five million passengers a year,” he said.

“That’s five million for Siem Reap and five million for Phnom Penh.”

To contact the reporter on this story: May Kunmakara at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Full country reopening to be decided in two weeks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that if the Covid-19 situation remains stable for 15 consecutive days from the end of the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, Cambodia will reopen fully, albeit in the context of Covid-19 whereby people have to adjust their lives to

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Phnom Penh governor: Show Covid-19 vaccination cards, or else

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng late on October 5 issued a directive requiring all people aged 18 and over and the parents of children aged 6-17 to produce Covid-19 vaccination cards when entering schools, markets, malls, marts, eateries and other business establishments that have been permitted

  • Cambodia seeks probe into 'false reports' on Hun Sen's alleged Cypriot passport

    Minister of Justice Koeut Rith on September 6 wrote a letter to his Cypriot counterpart Stephie Dracos requesting cooperation in investigating and providing the truth in relation to the "exaggerative and false allegations" that Prime Minister Hun Sen holds a Cypriot passport. In his letter, the

  • 'Pandora Papers' expose leaders' offshore millions

    More than a dozen heads of state and government, from Jordan to Azerbaijan, Kenya and the Czech Republic, have used offshore tax havens to hide assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a far-reaching new investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (